The Return of Sherlock Holmes
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Science Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Story.Paragraph) or (Story.Section.Paragraph) if applicable.
We continued our systematic survey of the edge of the sodden portion of the moor, and soon our perseverance was gloriously rewarded. (Priory School.152)
Watson's words here, like systematic and perseverance, highlight the scientific process of Holmes's criminal investigations.
"Have you tried to draw a harpoon through a body? No? Tut, tut, my dear sir, you must really pay attention to these details. My friend Watson could tell you that I spent a whole morning in that exercise. It is no easy matter, and requires a strong and practiced arm." (Black Peter.75)
Holmes's experiment with harpooning a dead pig emphasizes his very hands on approach to crime-solving. As a scientist, Holmes must test and question and prove or disprove everything.
"This is a first-class, up-to-date burgling kit, with nickle-plated jemmy, diamond-tipped glass-cutter, adaptable keys, and every modern improvement which the march of civilization demands." (Milverton.1.78)
Holmes's even uses science and gadgets to commit a burglary. His reference to the "march of civilization" also gives us some insight into the important role that science, and scientific progress, played in late Victorian society.